cell division

noun Biology.
the division of a cell in reproduction or growth.

Origin:
1880–85

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cell division
 
n
cytology amitosis meiosis See mitosis the division of a cell into two new cells during growth or reproduction

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cell division n.
The process by which a cell divides to form two daughter cells, each of which contains the same genetic material as the original cell and roughly half of its cytoplasm.

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cell division  
The process by which a cell divides into two or more cells. Among prokaryotes, cell division occurs by simple fission. Among eukaryotes, the cell nucleus divides first, and then a new cell membrane is formed between the nuclei to form the new cell. Cell division is used as a means of reproduction in organisms that reproduce asexually, as by fission or spore formation, and sexually reproducing organisms form gametes through cell division. Cell division is also the source of tissue growth and repair in multicellular organisms. The two types of cell division in eukaryotic organisms are mitosis and meiosis.
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Example sentences
The eggs and cells will be fused together, and then the eggs will be activated
  to begin cell division.
Such hybrids can combine white blood cells' natural ability to migrate with
  cancer's proclivity for uncontrolled cell division.
It is possible that cell division may always take place by the indirect method.
Included in the growing roster of potentially beneficial sponge molecules are
  ones that fight inflammation and cell division.
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